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  • Series: The Owner (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804936
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neal Asher is a science fiction writer whose work has been nominated for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Fantasy Society awards. He has published more than fifteen books, many set within his “Polity” universe, including Gridlinked, The Skinner, and Prador Moon. He divides his time between Essex and a home in Crete.

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A lot of good attention to the story lines.
tony norrie
Neal Asher continues to be vengefully creative as he congers new universes, mad and interesting characters and plot twists that make me say MORE!
Skip Switzer
I know this was written as the end of the series, however at the end this is where I felt a story should BEGIN.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tghu Verd on December 11, 2013
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Bugger! Another three-star effort from Asher when I was hoping for a return to the sophisticated, engaging style we've seen from him in the past.

"The Jupiter War" is the concluding trilogy to Asher's 'Owner' novels, and it picks up immediately where "Zero Point" left off, so it is worthwhile re-reading that novel - or the last few chapters at least - if you cannot recall those prior events.

Unlike some other reviewers, I did not find this a "masterpiece by a SF master" or a "Brilliant conclusion to this segment of the Owner series". I found it mostly dull, to be honest. And in many places I found sentences written in a more complicated fashion than they needed to be, meaning I was unravelling grammar rather than remaining immersed in the story.

In terms of characters, "The Jupiter War" felt very much like "The Departure" in the way most of the cast had single attributes driving them, and often unpersuasive ones at that.

Serene Galahad, for example, is not even written as a caricature of an evil dictator. She never gets to those lofty heights, but remains an infantile tyrant of such capricious and puerile desires that I just could not take her seriously. Her sole motivation seems to be restoring the Earth to its natural state and in that regard people are a significant part of an environmental loading problem. She's already sorted this out in "Zero Point", but her obsession with the Gene Bank - which Alan Saul has possession of - seems such a single dimensional solution to the problem that it is hard to fathom. And really, it seems that the bulk of the Gene Bank is digitized, so she could have just asked Saul for a copy and he probably would have given it to her! For Supreme Ruler of the Whole World, Galahad is not much of a problem solver...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 22, 2014
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I read this for enjoyment; I like good science fiction. Mr. Asher's style of writing is like that of Issac Assimov [I'm talking only of style], in that he includes great detail in his stories; however, I do find his stories enjoyable, and thought provoking, to read. Personally, I like the details attached to the fiction because it lends an authentic feel to the story and yet in Mr. Asher's case, he does not let them get in the way of the storyline.

This third installment of the Owner series is a fitting closure to it and ends as it should, leaving the storyline and characters finally triumphant, removed, but available to continue.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Cantella on May 10, 2014
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Neal used to have so many thought provoking passages to savor but now, since this trilogy began, it's like a retread without caring. Hope his future stuff gets back on track with the imaginative wonder of The Skinner and Cowl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simulation Fiction on July 4, 2014
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A fitting conclusion and a continuation of the themes of the first two. Naturally, a good bit more exciting than the middle chapter in Zero Point.
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For fans of fast-paced space opera science fiction, Neal Asher's "The Owner" trilogy may be a decent recently published example. However, I wasn't sufficiently engaged with either the hero, part-human, part-machine, Alan Saul, or the villain, the ruthless dictator Serene Galahad, the tyrannical despot of Earth. This was for me a literary equivalent of eating an hors d'oeuvre, written by a writer whose plotting and prose pails in comparison with the late Iain M. Banks, whose "Culture" space opera novels will be remembered as a major literary achievement in speculative fiction. If you are a discerning reader interested in reading space opera science fiction novels as high literary art, then I highly recommend Banks' "Culture" novels, Dan Simmons' "Hyperion Cantos", and Alastair Reynolds' "Revelation Space", and forget about this novel and the rest in Asher's "The Owner" trilogy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Alexander on July 9, 2014
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A satisfying entry in this series, with a lot of cool concepts and intense action.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DRV on May 9, 2014
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I am a big Asher fan and have read everything of his that I can find.

Regrettably, he has done much better work. In the third book of the Owner saga Asher closes the circle on the Owner's departure from the solar system. Reader's of the first two books will already know the characters, but the finale feels predictable and rushed.

Notwithstanding this flaw, the book is an quick and enjoyable read.

Lets hope his next one is up to his old standards.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sjb on May 5, 2014
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I normally like most of Neal Asher's work but this series finalised with this book left me with an anti-climatic feeling. It was too smooth and somewhat predictable and the almost just goes through the motions to get finished. The major players are, to me at least, thin and without depth that I would let me like or hate them. I will be looking more carefully at the next book before I buy.
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